Reality TV Show For Arab Inventors Hits Prime Time On Arab TV: "Stars Of Science"
Filming is almost complete now for the new 5-week reality TV show, Stars Of Science, in which 16 inventors from the Arab world will strut their stuff, competing for best invention and a $300,000 cash prize. Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the format is somewhat similar to the American Inventor series, but Simon Cowell does not appear to be involved in this production.
The show received 5,600 applications for Stars of Science and the pool of stars had to be narrowed to 16 inventors to start the series. The contestants have different kinds of talents; engineering, design, and business and each group will have its own 90 minute shows. These will be aired on at least 15 local TV stations throughout the Arab world during prime time on Friday evenings. Daytime TV will feature 45 minute shows that focus on the personal lives and aspirations of the inventors.
The format of Stars of Science is unique as well. Unlike American Inventor, the inventors are not eliminated, only their projects, so that at the end of the 90-minute engineering show, for example, half of the projects will be eliminated, but the corresponding inventors will join teams to work on the remaining projects. The projects will receive support of field experts as well as universities established in Education City, Doha (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar), as well as of from the College of North Atlantic-Qatar and Qatar University.
'The aim is to showcase the whole process of innovation - from inspiration, to the elaboration of a concept, its development and finally, its application,' said Dr. Abdulla Al-Thani, Vice President, Education of Qatar Foundation. 'Science and technology will now be given an entertaining twist through the very popular reality TV show format, making the topic accessible to all. We hope 'Stars of Science' will promote the innovative spirit of young people in the Arab world.'
Stars of Science, will begin airing its 90-minute show on May 29, 2009. Khalid Al-Jumaily, reportedly a "young, friendly, and dynamic" man, will host the show.
Maybe we will get to watch the shows on YouTube?